Demand for IT apprenticeships doubles

To coincide with A-Level results day, QA Apprenticeships has published statistics showing a 108% increase in demand for IT apprenticeships from school leavers seeking an effective route into tech careers, aside from the traditional university route.

The training provider also revealed a 40% rise in the number of employers seeking IT apprentices, showing the growing confidence amongst the tech sector in apprenticeships to deliver the skills they need to grow and develop talent into their business.

Arch, the fast growing IT and Digital Marketing apprenticeship programme operating in London, Manchester and Birmingham, has seen around a 300% growth between 2013 and 2014 for IT and Digital Marketing apprenticeships.

Former QA apprentice, 20-year-old Josh Uwadiae, is now an IT Manager after just two years and is hiring his own apprentices.  He said: “At 18 I decided to do an IT apprenticeship and within the short space of two years I have seen fantastic returns. IT apprenticeships are more than just a course or job, they’re a career kick-start with limitless opportunity and potential. A young person should be just as excited to do a top apprenticeship as being accepted by Oxford or Cambridge university.”

Ben Rowland, co-founder of Arch, said: “Apprenticeships in IT and Digital are increasingly recognised by young people, their parents and employers as a sensible and exciting choice.  The growth of the tech sector and the shortage of staff with the right skills means young people at the start of their careers have never been in higher demand.  Employers like Google, Facebook, Barclays and The Guardian are finding that Arch apprentices, are filling a key skills gap.”